Day Two of filming for ‘Teddy’s Party’ was a learning experience for everyone involved. In order to properly record sound for the party scenes, we asked all of the extras to stay quiet, while the main actors recorded their lines. The extras continued to “mime” in the background, mouthing silent conversations to each other. At the end of day two, we recorded random “crowd dialogue” to add in while mixing the film. This gives us more control over the audio when mixing, so as not to drown out the main character’s voices with what’s going on in the background.
On this film, we were lucky enough to have two boom operators to fill in when needed, Steven Goransky (pictured below) and Zachary King. On day two of filming, Steven filled that role. Using sound equipment provided to us by Nick Laws (our director of photography for ‘Bryn Gets a Job’), Steven made sure the boom microphone was close to the actors, without getting in the shot. In many situations, the closer you can get to the actors, the better the audio will turn out.
Some say good audio is more important than good video. Lucky for us, we’ve been able to capture both. Our director of photography, Jeremy Garcia, has a keen eye for properly framing shots. Navigating around a tight space can be tricky, but Jeremy managed. The party scenes are shot in one room, but the right angles made the space seem a lot larger than it actually was. The camera he used to film is the Sony A7S, which is one of the cameras Nick Laws used for ‘Bryn’.
Shere Ladd (aka Wonder Woman) wore many hats in this film. Not only does she act in the film (as Sandra Waters, Action Reporter!), but she was also our script supervisor. She even filled in on slate when we needed her to. Shere kept a close eye on the script, making sure each actor said the lines they intended to say. At the end of each take, she would make a note of its usability. This helps exponentially with the editing process, giving the editor a better idea of which takes to focus on.
Stay tuned because there are many more journal entries to come!
– Cameron Logan (Writer/Director, Teddy’s Party)